Label: Esoteric Recordings - ECLEC 2447 • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Remastered • Country: UK & Europe • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Folk Rock, Psychedelic Rock
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Angel With A Broken Ring Format: Audio CD. Unfortunately neither did much business - and yet with a fantastic lead singer who sounded like a cross between Steve Marriott and Terry Reid and some half decent Rock tunes and ballads - they're remembered with affection for a reason. Here are the El Doomo details El Doomo [Steve Ellis song] 3.
Time For Brownie [Steve Ellis song] 5. Your Game [Steve Ellis song] 6. Morning Paper [Steve Ellis song] 8. The album's most commercial cut - the slow guitar ballad "El Doomo" is filled with Gee's echoed guitar soloing a little like Robert Plant's "Big Log" - and the remaster does the flourishes and Ellis' great "I don't feel a thing" vocals.
At times it feels like the Faces circa "Ooh La La" with a version of Rodders at the microphone it was issued in the States at the lead off 7" single on Epic But things start to get genuinely special with "El Doomo" opening with acoustic guitars then a gentle lead guitar shuffle.
But despite the strength of the song and its obvious radio potential feels like Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" three years before the event - it dropped into obscurity. Can't help thing that it'll turn up on some compilation somewhere and people will go wow - how did I miss that? The hurting love song "Tune For Brownie" is again nice with its clavinet keys from Money but somehow feels lyrically forced. Rex fan! But the album finishes on the stand-out minutes of Baby Lets Play House - The Pharaohs - Hammer & Sickle Blues - a rocking guitar romp that starts out like Hendrix doing that wah-wah guitar thing on "Voodoo Chile".
With the organ and piano working furiously in the background and Ellis belting it out - this is great Seventies Rock stuff with Gee letting rip on the solos he toured with Thin Lizzy in Germany during their Decca period - fabulous guitar player. So why did they fail? The lack of genuinely hooky tunes afflicts much of the album - it's good rather than being great - in that Seventies Rock album kind of a way.
Still - there's much to enjoy on here - and with that great remastered sound - fans should dive in immediately and remember those good ole days Format: Vinyl. Ah, Steve Ellis In spite of the butt ugly cover art that made these guys look like a bunch of stoned hippies check out the guy sitting on the groundI remember buying this one based on the fact The Who's Roger Daltry produced it - turns out Daltry was a long time friend and Ellis' then-landlord.
If you were looking for a musically adventuresome album, 's "Riding ON the Crest of a Slump" probably wasn't the place to be looking. Mind you, exemplified by the beautiful ballad El Dommo'' and '', there were several first rate songs on the album, but the majority of the set was built on tried-and-true rock genres. The emphasis was deservedly on namesake Ellis. He had an impressive voice that was rich and raspy, but was simultaneously capable of handling softer and more commercial material 'Morning Paper'.
I don't know if anyone will care, but to my ears his voice bore at least some resemblance to Steve Gibbons, Frankie Miller, or perhaps a British version of Bob Seger. While most of the attention was on Ellis, the band's secret weapon was German guitarist Grober.
Judging Youre The Only Reason - Ellis - Riding On The Crest Of A Slump these nine tracks, Grober was one of those rare guitarists capable of playing any genre while subscribing to the sadly overlooked less-is-more school of soloing.
Unlike many of his compatriots, Grober's solos were continually front and center, rather he picked his spotlight moments with care - check out 'Angela'. Even with those shortcomings, the song generated quite a bit of energy and was tapped as the lead off single. Stripped of the usual rock Youre The Only Reason - Ellis - Riding On The Crest Of A Slump roll swagger, Ellis turned in one of his most impressive performances. Easy to understand why the track was tapped as a single - Ellis has admitted he wrote the song with commercial hopes.
The song also managed to highlight some of Ellis' worst vocal characteristics - his vocals were so strained you were left to wonder whether he was going to make it through the song without rupturing a vocal chord.
Maggie Bell was featured on backing vocals. Stark and not particularly memorable, I could live without this one. The weird thing is that the song sounds like it was recorded without any understanding of sound levels - at least on my Rega turntable and on my Koss headphones the track sounds horribly distorted. Regardless, this is one kick ass rock song Shrill and irritating, it didn't do a thing for me Clearly a throwaway effort and given that cast off feel, the song actually has some low brow charm.
A crushing rocker that morphed into an extended jam, this one had everything going for it including a blazing melody with Money and guest keyboardist Mick Weaver setting the pace for guitarist Gee to turn in a dazzling series of solos. A Little Respect (After Dark Mix) - Audio Playground - A Little Respect (The Remixes) Gary Farr's harmonica solo sounded good on this one.
El Dommo Steve Ellis - 3. You're the Only Reason JImbo 4. Tune for Brownie Steve Ellis - 5. Your Game Steve Ellis - side 2 1.
Morning Paper RJD2 - Exotic Talk / De lAlouette Ellis - 3. Frustrated by music and scared by the death of longtime friend Keith Moon, Ellis took a job as a dockworker, focusing on his family and his health. That came to an end when he nearly lost his feet in an industrial accident.
After a decade of medical issues, in he early s he began playing live dates under the moniker Steve Ellis's Love Affair and released a live album. He's also released a number of solo efforts. For anyone interested, Ellis has a website at: [ See all 3 customer reviews. Write a customer review. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free delivery with Amazon Prime. Back to top.
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